NLC vs Tinubu: Nigerian Governor Takes Decision on Payment of New Minimum Wage

NLC vs Tinubu: Nigerian Governor Takes Decision on Payment of New Minimum Wage

  • Workers in Kebbi state are in a joyous mood following the recent decision made by their governor, Nasir Idris
  • While some governors have maintained that they cannot pay N62,000 as minimum wage to their workers, Governor Idris disclosed that he was ready to pay whatever Tinubu's government offered the NLC and the TUC
  • At the moment, the federal government has advocated for a minimum wage of N62,000, but organised labour has rejected the offer and demanded N250,000 journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Governor Nasir Idris of Kebbi state has detached himself from the 36 state governors who disclosed that they could not afford N62,000 minimum wage even if the federal government and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) agreed on the figure.

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As NLC awaits FG's decision, Kebbi governor speaks on minimum wage payment
Governor Idris of Kebbi state and NLC president. Photo credit: Kebbi state government, Nigeria Labour Congress HQ
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In a morning interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Idris said he was not aware of the meeting where governors made their stand known on the disputed N62,000 minimum wage.

What Kebbi governor will pay as minimum wage

As reported by Vanguard on Wednesday, June 19, the former unionist, now Kebbi governor, wondered when the meeting was held because he was a member of the negotiating committee and he has been mediating between the federal government and the organised labour on the minimum wage issue.

Governor Idris said:

”I was not part of the meeting if it was even held and I will not part of those who will not pay the agreed minimum wage, like I did say at different public fora that I will pay the agreed amount I stand by that.”

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Kebbi governor pledges to prioritise workers' welfare

Speaking further, Governor Idris explained that, as a crusader for workers' welfare and better pay, he would not abandon his people in these trying times.

As a member of the tripartite committee, he promised to continue to negotiate in favour of Nigerian workers.

While urging the federal government and organised labour to shift ground to reach a common acceptable and sustainable living wage, he pledged to implement the agreed sum for Kebbi workers.

Recall that some governors in Nigeria allegedly came out to say they cannot pay N62,000 minimum wage regardless of whether labour and the federal government meet at the same point.

Tinubu discloses minimum wage Nigeria will pay

Meanwhile, reported that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu revealed the minimum wage his administration would pay Nigerian workers.

Tinubu said he would only send an affordable new national minimum wage to the National Assembly.

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Speaking at the dinner to mark Democracy Day, Tinubu said he would inform the Senate if he changed his mind.

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